Books and Authors
JON KATZ -- Monday at 7 p.m. The author of "A Dog Year," "The Dogs of Bedlam Farm" and "The New Work of Dogs" combines humor and expertise in his new book, "Katz on Dogs," a common-sense guide to training and living with canines. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.
KEVIN POLLAK -- Today at 8 p.m. Stand-up from the actor and comedian who has appeared in more than 30 films, including "The Usual Suspects," "A Few Good Men," "The Whole Nine Yards," "Casino" and "L.A. Story." DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $22. 202-296-7008.
DAVID BENOIT -- Today at 8 and 10 p.m. The pianist plays light, contemporary jazz. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $35. 202-337-4141.
THE CASSETTES -- Today at 9 p.m. The local indie-rockers play with the Iranian pop band 127. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. 202-667-7960.
OBERLIN DANCE COLLECTIVE -- Today at 7 p.m. San Francisco's premier contemporary dance company presents the second of Dance Place's five commissioned projects. Choreographed by the collective's Brenda Way, K.T. Nelson and Kimi Okada. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $20; seniors, students, teachers and artists $15; children $7. 202-269-1600.
VISITING BONSAI CLUB -- Closes today. Bonsai from the private collections of the members of the Potomac Bonsai Association's Bowie Bonsai Club. Includes a bonsai demonstration. National Arboretum, National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, 3501 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-245-5898.
AMERICANS IN PARIS -- Closes Monday. As part of the District's "Paris on the Potomac" series, the Archives presents a history of Americans in the French capital through letters, treaties, photos and films. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-501-5000.
INVESTIGATING WHERE WE LIVE -- Closes Monday. Local youth capture Anacostia, the Navy Yard and the New York Avenue corridor in photos, poems and stories. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.
SOLO3 -- Through Oct. 23. Painting, photography and sculpture by Pat Dunning, Alexandra Silverthorne and Joseph Barbaccia. Warehouse Next Door, 1017 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-783-3933.
OPTIONS 2005 -- Through Nov. 27. A group exhibit supports new and under-recognized talent. Media includes painting, drawing, print, photography and sculpture. Former Staples Store, 3307 M St. NW. Free. 202-639-1828.
MASTERPIECES IN MINIATURE -- Through Jan. 2. More than 45 volumes, leaves and miniatures from the J. Paul Getty Museum are included in this multimedia presentation, which examines the artistic traditions of Italian manuscript makers from the 12th-16th centuries. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Mezzanine, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
MONICA CASTILLO: THE PAINTER AND THE BODY -- Through Jan. 22. Ten works of painting, sculpture, video and photography by the contemporary Mexican artist. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $8, seniors and students $6, children free. 202-783-5000.
JOHN LENNON: THE LOST ALBUM -- Through April 10. The musician's childhood stamp album is on display to mark the 65th anniversary of his birth. National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-633-5555.
EROS -- Wednesday at 9:15 p.m. Interwoven stories of love and sex shed light on the relationships of three young couples in urban Washington. Shot in Adams Morgan, this is the first episode of the "DC Crossing" Miniseries, which also includes "Crossing" and "Spirits." The Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $8.50. 202-966-6000.
DEPECHE MODE DANCE PARTY -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. FYM Productions presents DJs Steve EP, Mellie Mel and Krasty McNasty in a celebration of the '80s electro-pop band. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $8. 202-667-7960.
TE QUIERO, MUNECA (I LOVE YOU, DOLL) -- Closes today. Harold Ruiz directs the U.S. premiere of Ernesto Caballero's play about a film critic and the highly opinionated robot woman he builds. GALA Theatre-Tivoli, 3333 14th St. NW. $20.50-$34.50. 800-494-8497.
NEW WORLD/NEW MAGIC -- Monday at 6 and 7:30 p.m. James Kroener and David London of the KTMA Performing Arts Ensemble fuse humor, poetry and magic to explore the themes of possibility and interconnectedness. National Theatre, Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-628-6161.
METAMORPHOSIS -- Closes Saturday. The Catalyst Theater Company presents Steven Berkoff's theatrical adaptation of Franz Kafka's allegory about a man transformed into a dung beetle by the dehumanizing pressures of post-industrial life. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20-$25. 202-249-8202.
PASSION PLAY, A CYCLE -- Through Oct. 16. Molly Smith directs the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl's era-leaping trilogy. The darkly comic plays explore historic presentations of the Passion play in Elizabethan England, Nazi Germany and post-Vietnam America, and look at the collisions of religion, politics and everyday life that result. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $41-$60. 202-488-3300.
HILDA -- Through Oct. 23. French playwright Marie Ndiaye penned this drama about an upper-class lady's obsession with the woman she hires to care for her children. Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $32-$52. 202-332-3300.
OTHELLO -- Through Oct. 30. Avery Brooks stars as Othello in this version of the Bard's tale of a love destroyed by jealousy. Directed by artistic director Michael Kahn. Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $14.25-$71.25. 202-547-1122.
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